EU parliament wants limits on use of popular weedkiller

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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 9:55 AM

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union legislature wants tougher limits on the use of the popular weedkiller glyphosate because of increasing concerns about its possible links to cancer.

In a non-binding resolution, the EU parliament calls for a marketing approval of seven years only instead of the 15 proposed by the EU Commission and says use should be strictly limited to professionals. The resolution was approved by a 374 to 225 margin, with 102 abstentions.

Glyphosate is an ingredient in Roundup, a popular weedkiller across the globe.

A branch of the United Nations and the EU's food safety authority have issued contrasting views on its risk to humans. The EU parliament, though, wants to be cautious and assure a high level of protection to health.